Building a compassionate community
through the care of companion animals

HomeBuddies Program

HomeBuddies and Meals on Wheels: a perfect partnership

It is common for the bond that forms between a pet and their homebound or elderly caregiver to be very deep. Pet ownership among this group of people has been shown to have dramatic positive effects including reduced stress, fewer feelings of isolation and loneliness, lowered blood pressure and a greater sense of general wellbeing.   

Woman_in_wheelchair_petting_dogAt the same time, elderly and homebound Meals on Wheels clients often have a particularly challenging time providing appropriate care for their pets. They frequently have limited access to appropriate pet food and little or no access to veterinary care. Rather than give up the companionship of their pet, these pet owners may feed people-food and forgo veterinary care altogether. That’s where we help!

We partner with the Voluntary Action Center’s Meals on Wheels program to provide pet food and supplies to clients of the Meals on Wheels programs. VAC volunteers deliver the pet supplies along with their regularly scheduled visits. In addition, the HomeBuddies Coordinator makes contact on a periodic basis providing pet care advice, transportation to and from routine vet visits on a limited basis and generally works to resolve any pet-related issues as they appear.

If you’d like more information about this program, contact Jon at 815-758-2457 ext. 102 or jkoffenberger@tailshumanesociety.org.

All pet food, supplies and veterinary care is provided for free of charge!

Announcements

Clear The Shelter

Tails will be participating in our 3rd annual clear the shelter event. On August 19th from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, all adult animals (6 months and older) will have their adoption fee waived! 

QUICK TIPS FOR CLEAR THE SHELTER:

-If you rent, please bring your signed lease with your current address that matches your current ID. The lease must state you have landlord approval for a pet.
-If you're adopting a pet into a family, please bring your family, not just one person representing the family.
-Many of our dogs available will require a meet and greet with current dogs in the home. Please plan to bring your dog or complete meet and greets earlier in the week
-The line starts early outside of Tails. Please plan ahead accordingly and assume there will be a waiting period outdoors.

Registration Open for Intermediate Training Class

Tails Humane Society's Intermediate Obedience Class is an 8-week course building on our previous skills of Basic Obedience and adds more such as manners when passing others, improved self control with a Place cue, etc.  Class size is limited and prior registration is required. Class will be held at 9am starting Sat 8/26. Contact training@tailshumanesociety.org or 815-758-2457 ext.112 for questions or to enroll.     

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